Nicholas Carolan is Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
Uilleann piper, writer, publisher, organiser, and one of the great music collectors, Breandán Breathnach’s name is known throughout the world of Irish traditional music for his five volumes of Ceol Rince na hÉireann as well as for his wide range of projects and publications. Nicholas Carolan, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, recalls the life and work of this seminal figure who died in 1985.
Selecting from such a rich body of music and song, and imposing an order on what is by nature chaotic, broadcasters of traditional music have always presented a varied cavalcade of programmes and performers.
Introduction: A Flooding TideThe current rate of publication in Irish traditional music, especially of CDs, is unprecedented. Since the economic revival of the early 1990s, a tide of publication has mounted which now threatens to overwhelm even the most avid...